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Khacholing Center is part of the worldwide community of practitioners of the teachings of Buddha Gautama. Khacholing Center follows the Gelugpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism as founded by the Great 14th Century Scholar and Saint, Je Tsongkhapa.

Mission: We are dedicated to teaching and preserving the Dharma of the Buddha, and in the true spirit of Boddhichitta, to providing compassionate aid to those in need.

Khacholing Center is a Non-Profit Charitable Organization, which is Tax Exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Khacholing Center is also classified as a Public Charity under sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(a) of the IRS code. The administrative headquarters of Khacholing Center is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A second center was established in New York, New York n 2009, and operates under the by-laws and oversight of the parent organization.

Khacholing Center was established in 1997 by Tim Nelson, in Fairbault, Minnesota, with the intent of providing a means to support Tibetan nuns. Through his sponsorship, a number of Tibetan Buddhist Nuns from India were able to come to the US and conduct religious activities in the State of Minnesota and in other parts of the United States.

In time, it became clear to Tim that assistance and spiritual guidance were needed in order to run the center more effectively, and Tim asked his teacher, Gankar Tulku Rinpoche for assistance. Rinpoche has many Western students in Minnesota and across the United States, and many followers in the Tibetan community in Minnesota. He agreed that Khacholing Center could provide a means for supporting their spiritual aspirations.

With this goal in mind, in 2002 Tim turned the operation of Khacholing Center over to Gankar Tulku Rinpoche.

Tim Nelson passed away in January 2006. Tim’s presence with us is sorely missed but the fruits of his kindness and generosity remain, to our great benefit.

Tim Nelson pictured with Gankar Rinpoche in 2004.
Tim Nelson pictured with Gankar Rinpoche in 2004.

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